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This year in architecture: buildings set to be completed in 2016

Eddy Frankel

It's a new year, which means even more new buildings for London - here are five that are set to be built this year.

The US embassy (pictured above)

The Americans are abandoning their Mayfair fortress and invading Nine Elms with this blocky outcropping that looks like the medium-size side of a cheesegrater.

Architects: Kieran Timberlake

Opening: Late 2016

The Tate Modern extension

Hayes David

The venerable South Bank institution decided that it was full to bursting with art, so has unbuttoned its proverbial trousers at the dinner table and whacked this great angular mass on its side.

Architects: Herzog & De Meuron

Opening: June 2016

The Design Museum

Alex Morris

Moving from its current home in Shad Thames to the rejuvenated Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, the Design Museum is basically just pepping up an already awesome Grade II-listed building. Easy.

Architects: John Pawson

Opening: Late 2016

London Wall Place

This is just one of (possibly) 8,000 new office blocks opening up in the City this year. We like this one because it looks like a PlayStation 2, except it's giant and you can go inside to do business and junk. Cool.

Architects: Make Architects

Opening: Late 2016


This is just one of (possibly) 8,000 new apartment blocks that you won't be able to afford to live in this year in London. We like this one because it's called Canaletto because it's on the canal. Get it? Canal-etto? Ingenious.

Architects: UNStudio

Opening: Sometime in 2016

See inside Clapham South's secret wartime tunnels

Some of London's listed buildings could be demolished to make way for Crossrail 2

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